Ampersand Families recruits and supports permanent families for older youth, and champions practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity and hope. We are seeking experienced professionals who understand the profound impact that child welfare intervention has on the lives of children, youth and families. A successful candidate for this position will be curious about the many ways permanency work can restore belonging, dignity and hope.

Ampersand Families is proud to be an employer of choice with an organizational culture of excellence that embraces humor, learning and collegial support. We employ professionals who are accountable for learning the skills, building the relationships and investing the time required to achieve and support real outcomes for youth, families and excellence in the programs designed to support them.

Ampersand Families is committed to doing our part to create a more equitable child welfare system. To that end, Ampersand Families provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, nationality, ethnic background, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, marital status, socio-economic status, status with regard to public assistance, political affiliation, veteran status, other non-visible differences and other protected attributes.

Child Welfare IV-E Scholars, please note that Ampersand Families is a Tier 2 Agency.  Please consider us as you search for a great agency to begin or to continue your child welfare career.

Our current employment opportunities are listed below

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to al@ampersandfamilies.org.


POSITION: Administrative Specialist

JOB TYPE: Hourly, Part-Time

HOURS: 20 hours per week

SUPERVISOR: Program Director

STARTING SALARY RANGE: $18-$20 per hour, not benefit eligible

CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled

Position Description:

The Administrative Specialist will contribute to Ampersand Families’ mission by taking responsibility for all clerical and logistical aspects of our programs and providing administrative support to program staff. A successful candidate for this position will be someone who has extraordinarily strong organizational skills and a keen eye for details – the person others rely on to keep things moving smoothly ‘behind the scenes’. A commitment to ensuring data privacy is a must. The Administrative Specialist keeps the administrative pieces under control, thus setting older youth from foster care and the families who adopt them up for success.

Primary Duties:

· Track and organize adoptive family application and home study paperwork, ensuring all forms and materials received are complete and entered into the client management system appropriately.

· Communicate directly with families to collect properly completed, required documents in a timely fashion.

· Manage referral and renewal paperwork with Minnesota counties and Minnesota Department of Human Services.

· Enter client data and documents into client data management system (SAM).

· Work with agency database administrator, to coordinate and prioritize necessary changes and updates for program use, including participating in ongoing training to increase familiarity and knowledge of the database in order to build reports

· Coordinate background studies for clients and volunteers in the state NetStudy online system.

· Quality assurance on youth and family files.

· Scan and redact documents.

· Order office supplies and food for staff, board, and client events.

· Basic pick-up and organization of the office, including regular sanitization of common areas related to COVID-19 safe practices.

· Daily tasks include processing incoming mail, answering phones, preparing mailings.

· Assist staff with a wide variety of projects and errands.

· Basic website updates, including posting youth photos and information, staff bios, upcoming event dates and information.

· Position may include some communications activities, including quarterly e-newsletters for donors/families/other Amperfans, and collecting stories and photos for marketing purposes.

Experience and Skills:

· AA or BA or equivalent administrative experience required.

· Extraordinary attention to detail.

· Proficient at simultaneously managing several projects with different timelines is a must.

· Outstanding time management skills, ability to prioritize tasks, and work both independently and in partnership with others are required skills.

· Computer skills, including MS Office Suite, AdobePro, and database familiarity are required. Familiarity with Squarespace, WordPress, MailChimp, Facebook/social media are preferable. Competency with basic database management is also a plus.

· Professional written and verbal communication skills.

· Ability to work with a diversity of peoples and groups.

· Experience working in adoption or foster care licensing, volunteer and/or event coordination is a bonus for any applicant for this position.

A fingerprint-based background study clearance and successful completion of annual data privacy training are required.

This position will generally work out of our St. Paul office at 2515 Wabash Avenue, Suite 150, St. Paul, MN 55114, with some flexibility for remote working. COVID-19 note: The Ampersand Families office does not have a lot of client traffic, and this position has minimal direct client contact. We are an 18 person staff with many working in the field on any given day. Currently, staff are working remotely most of the time.

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POSITION: Youth Leadership Program Coordinator

JOB TYPE: Hourly, Non-exempt, Part-Time

HOURS: 24-30 hours per week

SUPERVISOR: Program Director

STARTING SALARY: $20 -$24 per hour + full benefits

Position Description:

Youth engagement is a critical element of achieving Ampersand Families’ mission. The Youth Leadership Program Coordinator is responsible for managing all aspects of the Minnesota Youth Voice (MYVoice) program. We are looking for a skilled, self-motivated visionary leader to generate sustainable programming and implement creative ways to engage youth in advocacy efforts. Youth who have experienced child welfare intervention have the potential to become change agents to improve foster care, adoption and child welfare delivery in Minnesota. The young people we serve are often transient, and generally live across a wide swath of the state. They have had varying experiences including early childhood trauma, child welfare intervention and, as a result, exhibit a wide range of developmental capacities. The program coordinator will lead one-on-one and group advocacy opportunities, from a positive youth development orientation, to impact the child welfare system.

More about MY Voice

The goal of the program is multifaceted: to give young people who have experienced all phases of child welfare intervention (foster care, reunification, kinship placement, adoption) an opportunity to connect with other youth who have shared experiences to learn from each other, support each other, and pool their voices for system change. Additionally, MY Voice would be able to provide training and support for relative and non-relatives who are contemplating providing permanency, child welfare support for child welfare professionals, and advocacy and education with legislators. Over the next few years, the goal is for MY Voice projects to impact some or all of these areas. Ultimately, we hope to help young people set an agenda for advocacy around foster care and adoption based on their lived experiences.

Primary Duties:

· Coordinate details and communication for program events with youth, families, caregivers, staff, Permanency Specialists and other team members (within and outside Ampersand Families).

· Work collaboratively with youth to develop and implement events and projects during each fiscal year

· Transport youth to and from events

· Coordinate and deliver youth programming for monthly Roundtable evenings and three family retreats per year

· Engage youth towards ever-increasing leadership of MyVoice initiatives; recruit and develop youth leaders

· Build and sustain relationships with peer agencies to build program capacity and participation · Manage https://www.myvoicemn.org/ and maintain presence in social media (Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat)

· Facilitate/co-facilitate with youth groups about MYVoice Youth Council

· Lead/co-lead with youth creative projects incorporating media

· Ensure youth application, confidentiality agreements, and permission materials are up to date

· Maintain documentation of all activities, outreach, and communication with workers, youth, and families

· Write quarterly reports on services provided and barriers to delivery

· Manage a small program budget

· Contribute to the on-going discussion of the role of MY Voice and the best practices for meeting the mission while maintaining the highest level of respect and dignity for each involved youth.

Experience and skills required:

· Minimum of 3 years of experience in nonprofit sector, education, youth studies/development, social work or related field, and/or a combination of education and experience. Background in youth development leadership, community organizing, and/or child welfare preferred.

· The strongest candidates will have project coordination and administrative experience as well as experience with the child welfare system and/or adoption.

· Interest and experience working with teens using youth-centered, equity-focused and healing approaches

· Dependable with self-directed work habits and collaborative work style

· Enthusiasm for professional development and commitment to grow through feedback, consultation and training

· Excellent organization skills, able to handle big picture and small detail aspects of the work

· Ability to multi-task and problem solve, proficiency at simultaneously handling several projects with different timelines in a must

· Strong communication skills; ability to communicate effectively and develop partnerships with wide range of community members, social service professionals, families and youth

· Impeccable, clear boundaries with youth and families

· Recognizes ways that race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability level, and other identities (historically and presently) intersect and play out in the lives of youth who have experienced child welfare intervention

· Experience and interest in internal and external communication and partnership development

· Strong understanding of youth engagement in policy, as well as experience supporting youth/adult relationships

· Interest in or experience with the political and legislative process/youth-led advocacy efforts

· Enthusiastic facilitation/public speaking skills

· Ability to work some evenings and weekends (approximately 4-6 evenings a month and up to 12 weekend days per year)

· Ability to travel to community partner locations in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota

· Familiarity with social media (Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat)

· Competency with a variety of technology and computer programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

· Preferred experience/willing to learn: iMovie (Mac), Basic web design (Wix), Photo/video editing and skills using a basic DSLR camera

A background check is required.

There is potential for this to be a semi-remote position with regular check-ins at our St. Paul office at 2515 Wabash Avenue, Suite 150, St. Paul, MN 55114. Occasional in-state travel may be necessary.

Why choose Ampersand Families?

“Kids get a chance because parents have people like you standing in their corner. And it makes a difference. You bring so much goodness to the world and the world is truly better because of what you do every day. So, thank you!!!”

Parent

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